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Another Mushroom ID Request

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Found this in south-central Pa. this week. It was in a bed of wood chips. Nearby trees were coniferous, I think some type of spruce or similar looking tree.

Thanks.

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Very likely a species within the Pluteus cervinus cluster. The spore print should be salmon-pink. However, poisonous Entoloma mushrooms also have salmon-pink spore prints (and some occur during spring). The gills seen in the photos appear to be free of the stipe, which supports the Pluteus proposal. Entoloma mushrooms often have sinuate gill attachment, which means the gills are attached to the stipe very thinly, and may break away from the stipe. 

When in doubt about Pluteus vs. Entoloma, viewing the spores through a microscope at 400x will settle this question. 

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